Giveaway with Food Should Taste Good!

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It’s been a while since Homemade Delish has held a giveaway.  Well its finally time. Homemade Delish has partnered up with Food Should Taste good for this awesome giveaway.  I did a review of some of Food Should Taste Good Tortilla chips check here. This is such a fun giveaway.  It’s packed with all the goodies you will need for a party.  Your guests will fall in love with Food Should Taste Good products all natural and healthy chips. Below you will find what is included in this giveaway for one lucky winner.

(1) 9-Piece Square Dipping Set

(1) Nostalgia Electric Fondue Pot, including 6 forks

(1) Stainless Steel Snack Bowl

(1) $100 Visa Gift card

And, of course, a variety of Food Should Taste Good product

All you have to do to enter, is leave a comment at one or more of the following Homemade Delish social pages, or this site.  Good luck everyone.

1. Join Homemade Delish and Food Should Taste Good on Facebook. Leave a separate comment letting us know you did so.

2. Follow @homemadedelish and @FSTG_chips on Twitter. Leave a separate comment letting us know you are following if you haven’t already.

3. Subscribe to Homemade Delish via email. Leave a separate comment letting us know you subscribe via email. If you haven’t already.

The giveaway is open until Wednesday, August 27th  at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. The giveaway is only open to USA residents. Be sure a valid email address is included with your comment(s). Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on this post. We will email the winner and if the winner doesn’t respond in 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Product will be shipped by Food Should Taste Good. Good luck!

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Buick Regal GS and Lacrosse

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I had the pleasure of trying out these 2 great cars back in June and July.  When you think Buick you automatically think of grandma’s car. I have to tell you when I saw these cars for the first time I couldn’t even believe that these were Buicks.  The style and sexiness (yes I said sexiness) these cars bring is outstanding.  Now I’m no car specialist but I know a good car when I see one. 

First up lets talk about the Buick Regal GS its sporty look is a plus.  Giving you that fresh fast car look. It was such a fun car to drive.  The seats were very comfortable, it has an excellent AWD as well. I really think this car can stand up to its competitors with all is has to offer.

Safety is important especially for my little family. The Buick Regal GS offers Innovative, sensor-equipped safety features see where you can’t to help you steer clear of potential collisions and obstacles, and eight air bags come standard for even greater confidence. So you can navigate every twist, turn and passing lane with consummate peace of mind.

The Regal helps you better enjoy everything you love most. With a word, Buick IntelliLink connects you to preferred smartphone contacts, MP3s, destinations on file and more. Optional Bose speakers enhance listening pleasure. And passive entry unlocks your Regal without the need for a key — proof that instant gratification isn’t limited to the gas pedal. Who doesn’t love some awesome technology in a car.

All in all if you want a car with speed, great performance and good looking. 

Next lets talk about the big brother to the Regal GS the Lacrosse.  This classy car has a elegant interior giving you a smooth and quiet ride. Respectable fuel economy, which is a must now a days; available all-wheel drive; many available safety features and top crash test scores.

I was loving the Side Blind Zone Alert it helps you stay on course, while Rear Cross Traffic Alert uses radar to detect vehicles behind you. Take care of business without taking your eyes off the road with next-generation Buick IntelliLink infotainment.

My neighbor liked this car so much she went out and picked one up. Everyday now she is thanking me. 

Consumer reports just ranked the Regal one point behind BMW, tied with Mercedes and Audi, and ahead of Volvo.

Lacrosse was named 2014 consumer guide best buy in large car segment.

Both Lacrosse and Regal add in vehicle Wifi and OnStar 4GLTE for 2015. Talk about being connected.

Checkout more here for new models 2015 http://www.buick.com/

 

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Food Should Taste Good Tortilla Chips

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I’m always looking for a healthy snack to give my little ones.  When these chips arrived my kids were as excited as me to give them a try.  As a parent we always look for healthy ingredients to give our kids and ourselves. My kids love veggies and fruit but some times they love to get their little hands on chips. So why not give them something that you are completely happy with? Food Should Taste Good Tortilla come in all different flavors which will keep you, family and friends interested. School is right around the corner so I plan on sending my little lady with these chips instead of other brands.  Once you see the ingredients in Food Should Taste Good Tortilla chips you will see what I mean about healthy ingredients.

The flavors that I have tried are:

Blue Corn: Its a nutty flaxseed, quinoa and organic blue corn Creating a robust yet versatile chip. I love using this with my jalapeño popper dip, which I will feature in another post.

Sweet Potato: This is one of my favorites. The natural nuttiness of the sweet potato in a chip is a riff on a classic baked sweet potato. This is my go to snack in this afternoon if I am craving chips.

Olive: A combination of real black, kalamata and green olives offers a genuine flavor.  If you love olives this is the chip for you. Goes great with homemade or store bought hummus.

Stay tuned for some awesome giveaways and recipes for Food Should Taste Good.

Homemade Delish has partnered up with Food Should Taste Good for this post.

Cooking up Couture!

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August is all about the hottest parties in Philly and this is on of them.  This isn’t just a great event to attend but it benefits Philabunance here in Philadelphia. This is the 1st Annual Cooking Up Couture: An unforgettable night of food, fashion, and fighting to end hunger in the Delaware Valley! Hosted by serial entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jen Groover, the evening will feature a “kitchen couture” fashion show, hand crafted cocktails, and gourmet dishes from celebrity partner chefs including Top Chef Nick Elmi (Laurel), James Beard Award Finalist Brad Spence (Amis), Chopped Champion Georgeann Leaming (SUPPA), Food Network Star Finalist Lovely (Lovely Eats), Hell’s Kitchen Finalist Joy Thomas (Urban Country Culinary Co.), Nathan Lingle (10 Arts Bistro & Lounge)…and more! All proceeds will benefit the Philabundance Community Kitchen- a not-for-profit culinary training program that promotes the self-sufficiency of low income adults by preparing them to work in a commercial kitchen. Each of our chefs will be paired with a recent graduate of the Philabundance Community Kitchen to mentor throughout the evening.

I am really looking forward to this event. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.cookingupcouture.com/ I hope to see you there on August 22nd. Lets make a difference together.  

P.S. Another great excuse to go shopping for a amazing outfit.

 

Philly Mag Best of Philly Bash

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Here comes another great event for Philadelphia Magazine Best of Philly Bash.  An exclusive opportunity to attend an event inside Citizens Bank Park without the ball game crowds what an awesome place to have a BEST OF PHILLY BASH. Come try some of Philadelphia’s hottest restaurants serving up their summer favorites, Summer inspired cocktails and Live music playing this summer’s latest hits! Outdoor games, activities and much more!  Some come join the fun August 12th. Appearances by the Phillie Phanatic, Comcast SportsNet’s Ricky Bottalico, and many more! Party doesn’t stop there come out to Bar Volver for the official Best of Philly After Party at 9:00pm! For more information check out http://www.phillymag.com/bestofphilly/ I hope to see you there. xo

 

Fennel Salad

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This is such an easy and refreshing salad to enjoy either for lunch, dinner or even for BBQ party. A lot of people don’t think about using fennel as a main ingredient in a salad.  The taste is very refreshing with some hints of licorice.  Fennel is great because it retains its crunchy texture longer than most salad ingredients.  I love using my mandonline to create some thin slices of fennel. Now is the part you can get creative add some of your other favorite fruits and veggies.  I also went ahead and made a grapefruit shallot vinaigrette which balanced all the flavors out.  I hope you enjoy and keep cool.

Ingredients Fennel Salad:

1 Fennel bulb, julienne

1/2 cup parsley, chopped

1/2 Pink Grapefruit, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half

1/2 cup Yellow Tomatoes, sliced in half

1 Avocado, chopped

Ingredients Vinaigrette:

1 small Shallot, diced

Juice of 1/2 a Pink Grapefruit

1/2 teaspoon Pink Grapefruit zest

1/4 cup Extra Virgin olive oil

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Preparation:

In a large bowl toss all salad ingredients together. Next in a small bowl whisk vinaigrette ingredients, pour over salad and toss together. Enjoy

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Tuna Meatballs

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I know this probably sounds crazy but tuna meatballs are super delicious.  This actually just fell into place tonight when I was making dinner.  I didn’t have enough time to run out and get ground meat; Especially since around dinner time the supermarket is always packed.  So of course I started to look through my cabinets and found my tuna cans.  I start talking to myself saying “I wonder if this would work,” and began to add some of the ingredients that I usually use for meatballs.  But since this is fish I added a zest of lemon for some freshness and I also ground up some pine nuts.

I made my pasta as usual (make sure to salt the water its your only chance to season your pasta.)  I also had a jar of vodka sauce in which I added the meatballs.  Super easy and affordable meatballs.

Ingredients:

3 cans Tuna in water, drained

1 teaspoon Lemon zest

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup Breadcrumbs

Salt & Pepper, to taste

1/2 teaspoon crushed Red Pepper flakes, optional

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried parsley

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 tablespoon pine nuts, grounded

Extra Virgin olive oil, for frying

Preparation:

Take a large bowl add all of the above ingredients except for olive oil.  Mix together and then begin to form golf size meatballs.  Next take large skillet on medium to high heat. Drizzle olive oil.  Don’t over crowd you skillet.  Fry for about 4-5 minutes until balls are golden brown, Place them on a paper towel.

After all the meatballs are fried place them into the sauce of your choice.  Simmer for about 25 to 30 minutes.  Plate and enjoy.

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2015 Chevy Tahoe

 

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This post has nothing to do with food but its one that I wanted to share with you as my viewer.  I had the pleasure of testing out a 2015 Chevy Tahoe for a week. As soon as this beautiful truck pulled into my driveway my kids were jumping up and down of excitement. This truck was fully loaded with all the best that a Chevy Tahoe can offer.

I had an event that week in NYC and it was one of the most comfortable cars to drive.  It was weird that it didn’t feel like a truck it had the comfort of a regular size car.  Storage in the center console is large enough to fit a laptop computer or hanging files. Plus, the available 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen slides up to reveal space behind the display to store cell phones, wallets or other valuables.  Love having all this space especially with kids. Tahoe LTZ models have standard heated and cooled leather-appointed front bucket seats. The convenience of available power-release second-row and fold-flat third-row seats — the fastest power-release second-row and power-folding third-row seats of any competitor — and the versatility of a flat load floor to store cargo. With the second- and third-row seats folded flat, the all-new Tahoe offers 94.7 cu. ft. of cargo Talk about being in a quiet car. Tahoe features an acoustic-laminated windshield and triple-sealed inlaid doors to help reduce wind and exterior noise in the cabin. Stay connected with your hands safely on the steering wheel using Bluetooth wireless. Simply pair your compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone with Chevrolet MyLink or connect through one of the six available USB ports, and you can have access to your entire contact list, personal playlists and select mobile apps. Makes life so much easier especially on the road. Tahoe offers a maximum towing capacity of up to 8,500 lbs — plenty of power to tow boats, ATVs and whatever else you want to bring along.

I just wanted to share this with you. Even though I’m not an expert I do know what I like in a car.

This is my opinion and my opinion only.

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Cookie Butter Cup

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As some of you may know I have a sweet tooth. I can’t go without having dessert after dinner.  I love experimenting with different things.  I wanted to try and make a peanut butter cup but instead of using peanut butter I went ahead and used Trader Joe’s cookie butter.  If you haven’t tried cookie butter you need go out and get it right now.  Anyway the filling is cookie butter and some graham cracker crumble.  My kids enjoyed this so much they even dipped it in milk.  I hope you enjoy. This would be a great idea to make mini ones for birthdays or even for gifts. 

Ingredients:

4 cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 cup Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup Confectioners Sugar

1/2 cup Graham Cracker Crumble

Preparation:

Line 6-12 muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.  Melt the chocolate chips on a double boiler.  Next distribute 1 tablespoon or a cookie scooper of melted chocolate into the bottom of the trays. Bang the tray on the counter so it flattens and becomes nice and smooth. Place in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Next with an electric mixer, mix cookie butter, sugar and butter. Blend until smooth. Take the tray out of the freezer and add the same amount of cookie butter as you did with the chocolate in the trays and sprinkle graham cracker crumble. Bang on the counter again. Place in the freezer for another 10 to 15 minutes.  Repeat final step with the last of the chocolate. Finally place back into the freezer for another 15 minutes.  Enjoy with a glass of milk, coffee or even some wine.

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Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival

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I am so honored and excited to be part of the Atlantic City Food and Wine festival this year.  I will be at the Grand Market July 26th, doing a demo and will also have a booth, signing cookbooks and sampling my gluten free peanut butter cookies. I hope you stop on by http://ac.gourmetshows.com/roberta-pipito/.  This is such an amazing event. You don’t want to miss out on this summers biggest event. Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City is proud to present the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival’s sixth annual celebration, beginning Friday, July 25, with events taking place throughout the weekend. The three-day culinary and spirits festival is the leading food and wine festival in the market and will feature a star-studded roster of some of the country’s most renowned culinary experts and TV personalities. Headlining chefs include returning celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, a proven fan-favorite of festival guests;and the inaugural participation of James Beard award-winning chef and TV personality, Marcus Samuelsson, Co-Creator and Executive Chef of the acclaimed Red Rooster restaurant in New York City; more celebrity chef announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

 Additionally, in response to the success of The Barefoot Beach Soiree event last year, the majority of the weekend’s events will be hosted in beachfront and courtyard locations, allowing guests to celebrate this iconic festival outdoors and under the stars. One of the signature outdoor events of the year will be the “Burger Competition,” a first-time event for the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival and one that has risen to popularity at many of the other popular food festivals in the country such as South Beach and New York. The Burger Beach Bash presented by “The Beef Checkoff” will be tented on the beach, replete with a Beer Garden and live music.

 “The Sixth Annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival will feature exciting chefs and an incredible new outdoor format, a true celebration of our beachfront location, that we are really proud to bring to our guests this year,” Jason Spencer, Vice President of Entertainment, Nightlife and Lifestyle Marketing for Caesars Entertainment. “We invest significant time and thought into refreshing the festival year-over-year to reflect the interests of our ticketholders and provide a weekend of unexpected programming that folks can look forward to. With the festival moving outside along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, we are proud to showcase the beautiful beach outside our doors and host both new visitors and familiar faces.”

 The 2014 festival will present an acclaimed roster of both local and national talent and will once again showcase several of the world’s greatest culinary influencers as well as authorities in the wine, beer and spirits industry. With access to a multitude of outdoor events including delicious tastings and instructive demonstrations, the festival will offer delicacies for every palate. New and some returning festival highlights include:

 

The Barefoot Beach Soiree: It’s time to let loose and have some fun, when the sun goes down, the festival heats up. Enjoy an evening beachside party while savoring refreshing cocktails and gourmet passed appetizers.

 

The Burger Beach Bash: Underneath the festival’s signature white tents the region’s top burger maestros have been carefully selected to bring their best burger recipes and unique side dishes to the Atlantic City Food and Wine festival to compete for people’s hearts and stomachs. Each offering will be perfectly accented by refreshing Beer Garden and wine samples, grab a napkin, foodies, and dig in!

 

Clam Bake: Calling all seafood living foodies for this adventure! The Atlantic City Food and Wine festival is bringing the epitome of this New England tradition to the Jersey Shore with a full-blown Clam Bake. Bally’s Beach will be transformed into a New England backyard with this summer’s Clam Bake, fully equipped with traditional menu items like lobsters, clams, corn-on-the-cob and an atmosphere that feels like home while your feet are in the sand.

 

The Grand Market: Foodies, prepare your palate for perfection! The signature event of the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, The Grand Market will most certainly be the indulgence highlight of your year. Eat and drink your way through this eclectic tasting village. Featuring a wide selection of foods, wines, craft brews and liquors from world-renowned culinary masters, you will experience a true flavor adventure during your three-hour gourmet journey. And when you find something you love, take it home with you! Purchase your favorite flavors while culinary demos by celebrity chefs provide you with tips to enhance your home dining experiences.

 

Blues Brews & BBQ: Throw on your boots, food-lovers … this festival is taking a tasty trip to the south! Kick your feet up as BBQ vendors take over and cook up some the best ribs, chicken and brisket you’ve ever tasted. And let’s not forget about the ice-cold beer! While you’re here, you can purchase some of the latest BBQ merchandise around.

 

Tickets for the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival can be purchased online at http://www.caesars.com/content/microsites/acfoodandwine.html, http://www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-736-1420.